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It looked like a fatality. But, as it turned out, it hardly caused a scratch -- on S.E. Steele Street

DAVID F. ASHTON - Considering how the motorcycle was wedged under the garbage truck, its rider was very lucky indeed not to have been very much more severely hurt. When a garbage truck and a motorcycle collided on September 4, at about 7:30 a.m. on S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) at Steele Street, busy morning commuter traffic came to a standstill.

Police officers and a Portland Fire & Rescue paramedic unit arrived, to find a Waste Management garbage truck stopped facing westbound on Steele Street, with a motorcycle wedged under the center of the massive vehicle.

Officers quickly reopened S.E. Chavez Blvd, but Steele Street remained closed for several hours, while the accident was investigated.

"We have limited information about this case at this time," said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Brad Yakots, at press time. "But it does appear that the motorcyclist was injured – but only received abrasions and soreness." Evidently no citation had been issued at the time we spoke to him.


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